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Frustrated LaRose skipped exit interview to avoid ‘blowing up’

Aug 7, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

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On Sunday, we wrote about the curious case of Chad LaRose, the longtime Carolina Hurricanes forward who reportedly didn’t show up for his end-of-the-season exit interview and whose future in the NHL appeared a bit up in the air.

Today, LaRose offered an explanation for his disappearing act after being tracked down by the News & Observer.

“I needed a cool-off period as opposed to going right in and blowing up,” said LaRose. “Nobody was happy we didn’t make the playoffs again. I took some time, cooled off, and then I went and saw everyone, talked to [general manager Jim Rutherford], paid my respects and thanked them for the opportunity with them.”

LaRose, 31, is an unrestricted free agent coming off a disappointing year in which he tallied just two goals and two assists in 35 games.

When asked if he had any issues with the coaching staff, Larose replied: “I had no issues with anybody. It was my own play. I’m accountable for myself. When the team doesn’t do well, I take it upon myself, to be honest with you. I’m accountable for everything. Not having a good season, not making playoffs — that’s on me.”

Where his career goes from here remains unclear. According to his agent, LaRose’s goal is to stay in the NHL.

LaRose tied a career high with 19 goals in 2011-12.

  1. imleftcoast - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Figuratively of course.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      CM Punk would grammar slam you for forgetting a comma.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        He may also grammar slam me for thinking punctuation is grammar.

      • georgejarkko - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        sick burn.

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